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Address: Dirleton Road, Dirleton, North Berwick EH39 5ER, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1620 850330

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved...

Tease out the hints of a long and eventful history in these well-preserved ruins. Cross the deep moat guarded by high walls and an imposing tower, glancing up at the 'murder hole' above your head. Look for the vaulted dome inside the 1249 tower, the grim prison and pit and the 1550s 'beehive' dovecote. Discover stories of sieges, nobility and witchcraft.

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Castle, Garden & Doocot

This is a real gem, especially at this time of year (July) when the garden was in full flower. The castle itself is quite small but majestic, and the views from the top are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a real gem, especially at this time of year (July) when the garden was in full flower. The castle itself is quite small but majestic, and the views from the top are stunning. The doocot shouldn't be overlooked, go inside and find stone 'boxes' which housed 2,000 pigeons ...

Thank jan0131
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ruins of this impressive and historically important castle are very interesting. The surrounding grounds are beautifully maintained and the grounds include two exceptional formal gardens. A docent costumed in chain mail is full of interesting facts and factoids and uses replicas of various items and devices (skulls

Thank R11-TA
Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited today with husband and 3 year old son after a disappointing and Very expensive visit to Edinburgh Castle yesterday. This lovely town is so well kept, amazing gardens for little ones to run around in and the castle is fantastic! Our 3 year old loved checking out all the nooks and crannies. Spent a lovely few hours year, only... More 

Thank Duchess97
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a shame no car park no coffee shop it was a shame not good for people who are a little bit unsure on they feet I would not want to go back It is a 1200 medieval times castle but not for me

Thank 2402sue
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were unfortunate in that it was heavily raining on the day we visited but that didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. The castle itself was very nice with plenty of places to explore and you can go up to the top of the tower as well. As it was wet, we had to take care in some areas as... More 

Thank Kath1722
Fairfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our drive from Edinburgh to Scarborough. We didn't really have any expectations, but we always love a good castle ruin. This one was really interesting. There was a really beautiful garden that was very photogenic! We were there in spring and everything was blooming, including the trees on the walk from the garden to the castle,... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

well worth a visit ( along with a wander around the village itself ) very helpful staff, great grounds, old and interesting castle which I intend to return to at some point. some parts in ruins but some rooms complete, good views from the higher levels. underfoot a bit uneven in places so care should be taken if unstable or... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice castle to go and visit. The castle itself has some informative information panels. Some of the interior still stands and can be explored. The gardens are are well maintained too and good to see. It's a short bus ride away from Dirleton.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this ruin this morning and it was really good. The castle is a rabbit warren of rooms and the surprise is the lovely gardens outside. Children would love it.

Thank Allandot
Airdrie, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Although the castle is in ruins it is still accessible and interesting to visit because you can still see how imposing a building it was in the past. The flowers and bushes were in full bloom - well worth a visit

Thank Alexander K

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